SARA of Roanoke is working to educate middle and high schoolers about avoiding sexual assault

Published: Jun. 22, 2016 at 6:48 AM EDT
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Sexual violence can happen anywhere, at anytime.

Knowing how to protect yourself is a lesson kids need to learn early.

That's according to the leaders of Sexual Assault Response and Awareness, Inc. in Roanoke, or SARA.

It's working with other organizations involved with kids and teens to offer them education about healthy relationships, and ways to avoid sexual assaults.

Director of Community Engagement Kelsey Harrington says SARA focuses on teaching boys about relationship safety, along with girls, as a preventative measure. She says SARA plans to bring education directly to kids at school, as well as others at churches and community groups

All services of the SARA Program are free of charge, confidential and voluntary. It supports victims of sexual assault and their families.

Also, trained volunteer companions may be reached through SARA's 24-hour hotline, 540-981-9352.